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Top 4 reasons why you should recycle your old Mobile

Recycling mobile phones and electronic equipment or “e-waste” is just as important as recycling glass and plastic materials. This is a little known fact in many circles, as the environmental movement is still expanding and growing, and people are still becoming aware of the full range of benefits of recycling materials. However, as you can learn from various electronics providers, such as O2, there are numerous benefits of recycling electronic materials as well. This seems a bit complicated for some, but really, it is quite fortunate, as it merely expands the range of helpful outcomes of recycling. Here are the top 4 reasons for recycling old cell phones, many of which you may never have considered.

4.) Many – myself included – never even bother throwing out their mobile phones, which makes forgetting to recycle even worse. It would be one thing to throw away an old phone without realising that it could be recycled – it is still being disposed of. However, to simply leave it in a drawer, when it could still be put to good use, is silly. Why not dig out your old mobile phones from yesteryear, and put them to use via recycling!

3.) You may not realise but most mobile recycling & donation schemes actually do a lot more than simply extracting the useful raw elements and often re-use functioning, but merely outdated, phones in less fortunate 3rd world countries, reducing the need for additional production of newer products and helping a whole new wave of people get their teeth into the mobile age.

2.) Mobile phones, and in particular their batteries, can often contain various harmful materials, such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. Simply throwing your old phone away, usually means it ends up in landfill, where the harmful materials would be free to harm the environment and potentially cause serious dangers. This is senseless when simply recycling  your phone properly can have numerous benefits, with little to no-effort on your part.

1.) Along the same lines, mobile phones also contain a number of materials that can be beneficial to preserve. These materials can include gold, silver, copper, palladium, and a variety of plastics, all of which are valuable materials. Again, throwing your old mobile phones away will lose these materials and require the consumption of more of them in the future, rather than allowing them to be re-used through recycling.

And if those reasons aren’t enough to persuade you…. Did I mention many of these schemes will also give you cash for you’re old phones?

Dig those old phones out and make use of them, donate them, recycle them, sell them. Just do something with them! And now I’ve said it, I’ll go dig mine out…

Twitter Verified FAKE @Wendi_Deng (“wife” of Rupert Murdoch)

As mentioned yesterday Rupert Murdoch has recently joined Twitter, and an account claiming to be his Wife was also mentioned in most news articles as giving him advice on using the service.

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I have just stumbled across the account again where it now shows that it was in-fact *NOT* the wife of Rupert Murdoch. More interestingly the account was verified for a full day by Twitter – without even contacting the account owner to verify anything.

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This is certainly interesting, and worrying particularly as previously twitter have stated that the verified accounts program was ended, yet apparently they have made an exception for Rupert Murdoch and his apparent wife.

It’s truly  incredible how many media outlets assumed this account was genuine… such as The Telegraph,  The Guardian and The Daily Fail,

Although who could blame thenm when twitter is going around verifying (but not actually verifying) the account… I do take a little glee in the fact I was a little skeptical, and now can’t help but wonder if it’s the real Rupert Murdoch behind @rupertmurdoch

Rupert Murdoch starts Tweeting

It seems no one can resist Twitter, even 80-year-old  Rupert Murdoch wh o is now tweeting under @rupertmurdoch, it seems he started tweeting on New Years Eve and has been regularly updating with fantastic drivel that only a multi-zillionnaire media-tycoon could.

It’s interesting to see Murdoch on a social media platform which has undoubtedly played a key role in much of the controversy and a great source of open-free debate on the actions of News Corp and indeed the now defunct paper News of the World. We also covered the LulzSec hacking of News International sites much of which was being discussed live over Twitter as events unfolded.

Rupert Murdoch’s new social media presence has sparked mixed feedback, with many poking fun at the past years controversy, including avid tweeter John Prescott (@johnprescott):

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So far his tweets have included comments on the Steve Jobs blog being unfair, his winter holiday and of course plenty of mentions of papers and films owned by News Corp & 20th Century Fox… (hint: he owns ’em).

At present he’s only following 4 people, the Exec Chairman of Twitter (@Jack), Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus (@markpinc), Lord Allen Sugar (@lord_sugar) and a parody account for Larry Page… Maybe he doesn’t realise it’s not the real one eh?

At present he’s clocked up over 53,000 followers and has been listed over 556 times. Not bad for a few days work… Let’s hope he doesn’t try to buy it though. Otherwise I fear this blog may be one of the few media sources not controlled by the questionable media mogul.